Idaho needs solutions fast to the impending child care reckoning and shortage

Submitted by Idaho AEYC on Sun, 01/22/2023 - 08:33

In case you haven’t heard, the state of child care in Idaho is in a precarious state. If you’re a working parent of a young child, there’s a good chance you’ve struggled to find affordable, reliable child care. If you’re a child care provider, it’s likely you struggle to hire and retain the staff to operate at a capacity that keeps your business solvent. We simply don’t have enough child care openings to accommodate every family who needs care. This affects workforce participation — placing financial strain on working parents — and limiting the pool of candidates. The worst part is that child care access in Idaho is going to get much worse, before it gets better.


To solve the child care crisis, we need understanding. Now is the time to build it.

Submitted by Idaho AEYC on Mon, 04/04/2022 - 22:19
As one of the most critical services Americans depend on approached collapse during the pandemic, the child care industry finally began getting much-deserved attention. The system in the United States was severely flawed prior to the pandemic, with affordability and access challenges causing women to leave the workforce, fewer professionals entering the field and skyrocketing costs for families.

Can’t find child care in Boise area? Rates are up, centers are closing. What to know

Submitted by Idaho AEYC on Wed, 03/16/2022 - 22:19
The waiting list for children to enroll at Ten Mile Community Church Day Care in Meridian is too long for Lisa Martello, the director, to count. The day care center has been operating with a shortage of at least three staff members since 2020. The center is also tasked with meeting the growing demand for child care as the population grows. Child care providers throughout the Boise area say there are not enough day care centers to meet the demand.

Idaho's children and their families deserve real leadership from our legislators

Submitted by Idaho AEYC on Mon, 02/07/2022 - 11:56

By Beth Oppenheimer | Opinion on Idaho Statesman

Last year, Idaho was the recipient a $6 million annual grant for three years with a focus to improve Idaho’s early childhood education system. This grant was a follow-on to a previously successfully administered grant that allowed local communities to set up their own strategic plans related to early learning. U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch were strong proponents of the grant because it would have directly benefitted Idaho communities.

The state's child care system is collapsing. It needs state support to keep it afloat.

Submitted by Idaho AEYC on Tue, 10/12/2021 - 12:04

Read the entire article in the Idaho Statesman.

Idaho’s child care system is collapsing, and the resulting effects will be devastating for families, employers, and our economy. Families that depend on affordable, quality care are being left with few options and many providers are at their breaking point, being unable to find staff to operate at needed capacity.

This situation is dire and, if we do not act to support this industry and its early childhood professionals now, the dwindling of available child care availability will only get worse. While this assessment is bleak, we have never had a better opportunity to address the structural barriers to accessing child care than right now, but we need to be clear on what is causing this problem.

Editorial: If Idaho's Republican legislators won't properly fund education, voters have to do it

Submitted by Idaho AEYC on Thu, 09/23/2021 - 12:43

Read the full story from the Editorial Board on the Idaho Statesman

Over the next several months, you may be presented with an opportunity to sign a petition from Reclaim Idaho to put something called the Quality Education Act on the November 2022 ballot. If you get that opportunity, you should sign the petition.

Investing in Idaho's children is a good way to spend Idaho's $1.4 billion budget surplus

Submitted by Idaho AEYC on Thu, 09/02/2021 - 12:52

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What would Idaho’s companies do if they had a $1.4 billion windfall? Many would invest it to make their company more profitable for years to come.

Well, Idaho is sitting on a $1.4 billion surplus, and it has a historic opportunity to invest that money to create greater prosperity for this and future generations of Idahoans.


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